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Everest Academy is a ministry of Everest Family Church in Hayden. We offer freedom along with quality resources, information, activities and support to those homeschooling in Alabama. We believe that the parent has the best interests of their children at heart. We believe that the parent is the first and only teacher that a child needs. In keeping with this philosophy, we wish to be a very hands-off cover school and allow the parent to lead and guide their children in the direction and at the pace they feel is best suited to their children. We ask only for what the law requires while offering support along with quality resources to aid families in their efforts.

Music Appreciation Curriculum


A course covering the essentials of How Music Works and The History of Music, appropriate for a two-semester (1 credit) study.
  • Contained on four disks, minimal internet connection helpful but not required.
  • Complete with over 100 musical examples illustrating every principle discussed.
  • All examples directly linked to each discussion for ease of access.
  • Includes interactive study-quizzes for each unit, along with four major exams with printable answer sheets and answer keys, and a link to an online score calculator.
  • Help and support with all aspects of the course permanently available.
Topics Covered:
How Music Works
  • Properties of Sound
  • Rhythm
  • Melody
  • Harmony
  • Texture
  • Musical Form
The History of Music
  • The Middle Ages
  • The Renaissance
  • The Baroque Era
  • The Classical Era
  • The Romantic Era
  • Musical “Impressionism”
  • “Modern” Music

Hello, and welcome to Music Appreciation for Home-Schoolers! I have designed this course specifically with the home-school student in mind, but anyone who loves music and wants to know a little more about it will benefit. I hope you’ll take a few minutes and read through the paragraphs below to see what it’s all about!

This course is the result of 36 years’ experience teaching music at all levels from middle school through university, and hundreds of hours spent developing the materials contained in it. It is suitable for students from middle school age to adults. Even though a lot of material is covered, each new concept presented is done so in a simple, easy-to-understand manner, using lots of visual aids and musical examples.

The course is presented in two sections: How Music Works and The History of Music. This approach presents the material an educated person in today’s world needs to know in order to fully enjoy the musical experiences open to him or her. The student will be exposed to the major musical eras in our Western heritage, and representative masterworks from each era. The material is appropriate for a two-semester (1 credit) course at either the high-school or middle-school level.

A Little Bit About the Compiler of Music Appreciation for Home-Schoolers:Everett Johnson, Jr. is a professional music educator with undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Music Education from the Troy State University School of Music. He has been teaching for 36 years and has taught many different courses in music, but specifically Music Appreciation at the middle school, high school, community college, and university levels. Most importantly, however, he is a home-school Dad who believes very strongly in the benefits of home-education. His daughter, after attending Christian schools for several years, was home-schooled starting in the Fourth Grade. It was a decision he and his wife have never regretted. Noticing that there was a definite lack of comprehensive materials for teaching the basics of music and music history to home-schoolers, he decided to create this course to meet that need. He is not a web-designer (as should be obvious!), nor an internet expert, marketer, or salesman…..just a Dad and a music teacher wanting to be of service to other home-school families, and to support his family in doing so.

This course is being offered for $40.00 complete. Compared to other music courses and considering the amount of material included, this seems a reasonable price, and hopefully within the means of most families. I hope you will consider purchasing it. We are happy to accept checks, money orders, or you may purchase using PayPal by clicking the “Buy Now” button below. If you use PayPal, please also send me an email stating this, and specifying if you will be using a PC or Mac for the course.

To order, or if you have any questions about the course, please email us athome.school.music.course
@gmail.com and we will quickly get back to you.

Thank you so much!!!